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August 29, 2014

Long Weekend Picks, Labor Day Weekend Edition: Made In America, Visit Philly Beer Garden Series At Morgan’s Pier, Free Movie Screenings, Closing Weekend Of Gehry At The Philadelphia Museum Of Art And More

Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia means extended museum hours, barbecues, epic summer festivals, beer gardens and more. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia means extended museum hours, barbecues, epic summer festivals, beer gardens and more. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is already here, but before the summer season winds down, a ton of events fill venues across Philadelphia for one last hurrah.

Check out our guide to the events and exhibitions of Labor Day weekend.

The Visit Philly Beer Garden series ends tonight, August 29 at Morgan’s Pier. Come hang alfresco and take advantage of a $4 beer special, free giveaways and awesome waterfront views.

The epic music festival, Made in America, rocks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for two full days — August 30 and 31 — with musical acts including Kanye West, Tiesto, Pharrell and Kings of Leon. Check out our guide to the festival.

We’ll be ducking out a little early today to celebrate the holiday weekend, but we’ll see you right here next week!

Read on for our guide to the holiday weekend, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates as they happen.

Friday, August 29

Top Pick: Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Morgan’s Pier

Top Pick: Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing

Top Pick: Free Screening of Big in Japan at Liberty Land Park

Top Pick: Free Cold Brew Iced Coffee From Saxbys Coffee & Visit Philadelphia

Top Pick: Free Screening of Despicable Me 2 at Hawthorne Park

Friday Night at The Barnes Foundation

Intimate Exchanges at the Arcadia Stage at Arden Theatre Company (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Trestle Inn’s Go Go on the Block

Finally Friday in Mt. Airy

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Making Time Presents Dave P. and Sammy Slice at Morgan’s Pier

Philly Made

Brewer of the Month at Red Owl Tavern

Budweiser Clydesdales in Downtown West Chester

WetLand at Penn’s Landing (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

Yoga and Live Music at the Independence Seaport Museum

Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield and Matthew Jensen: Alongside Tall Grasses at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

$2 Summer Happy Hour at North Bowl

Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Made in America Philadelphia

The Made in America Music Festival will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with continuous musical entertainment for two full days, August 30-31. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Saturday, August 30

Top Pick: Made in America (Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: 40th Street Summer Series Presents Nation Beat and The Highwater Preachers

Top Pick: Fireworks & Fountains at Longwood Gardens

Top Pick: Stooges Brass Band Concert at City Tap House

Cannstatter 142 Annual Volksfest (Sat, Sun, Mon)

Free Yoga at the Schuylkill Banks

Late-Night Burger, Bourbon and Beer Special at The Fat Ham (Fri, Sat)

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August 29, 2014

Reminder: It’s The Final Week Of The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series! Come Out To Morgan’s Pier Today, Friday, August 29 For A Great Start To Labor Day Weekend

Morgan's Pier in Philadelphia

Kicking off Labor Day weekend, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series makes its final stop of the summer at Morgan’s Pier today at 4 p.m. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

It’s been a brilliant summer of beer gardens, Philadelphia.

This weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer season — Labor Day weekend — and the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, too, wraps up its season of pop-up happy hours at beer gardens all around town.

The 12-week run of celebrating the start of the weekend every Friday at a Philadelphia beer garden — both the latest and greatest and tried and true — has been truly awesome. If there’s one thing that we’ve learned from the series, it’s that you guys really love your beer gardens.

And so, we’ve loved supporting Philadelphia’s amazing, ever-growing beer garden scene.

The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series Wraps

Today, Friday, August 29, the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series returns to Morgan’s Pier — right where it all began in June! — for one last day of sun-soaked good times.

From 4 to 7 p.m., Morgan’s Pier hosts the Visit Philly Beer Garden happy hour on the Delaware River waterfront to kickstart the weekend with deals on food and local craft beer, as well freebies from the Visit Philly team.

Throughout happy hour, Yards Brewing Company’s Philadelphia Pale Ale pints will be $4 a piece, and Morgan’s Pier chef Dave Gilberg will dish Philadelphia Pale Ale-braised chicken empanadas. A pint and a pocket? That’s a perfect summer pairing.

Beyond the brews, look for the Visit Philly team on-site with sweet summer swag like free pint glasses and sunglasses. Plus, those who come out will have the chance to enter for the chance to score a gift card to the Yards Brewing Company Tasting Room on Delaware Avenue.

Shout that you’re coming by RSVPing via Facebook right here.

Let’s start Labor Day Weekend right — at a beer garden, of course.

Morgan's Pier

The best weekends begin at a beer garden, so spend some time at the waterfront beer garden, Morgan’s Pier, this Friday to help wrap up the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

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August 28, 2014

Opening Alert: Michael Solomonov And Steven Cook Debut Abe Fisher On Sansom Street This Tuesday, September 2

Abe Fisher

CookNSolo Restaurants, the restaurant group of James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and his business partner Steven Cook, welcome brand-new eatery Abe Fisher to their ever-growing restaurant family.(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The elements of Jewish cuisine are nothing if not varied. To some, Jewish food means matzo ball soup and latkes; to others, though, traditional fare also includes smoked meats, cured fish and even Chinese fried rice.

These diverse flavors are all legit at Abe Fisher, the brand-new restaurant from CookNSolo Restaurants inspired by the culinary mixed bag of the foods of the Jewish Diaspora.

Two of Philadelphia’s masters of unconventional culinary offerings, restaurateurs Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov throw open the doors to their latest eatery on the heels of opening its next-door sister — Dizengoff, the super-casual restaurant inspired by the hummusiyas of Israel.

The brains behind these spots, as well as Federal Donuts, Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue and the still-to-come Rooster Soup Co., have had a busy summer and we can’t wait to reap the rewards of their labors.

On track to open on Tuesday, September 2 at 5 p.m., reservations are already available for dinner nightly (and Center City Restaurant Week) online.

Read on for an overview of what to expect when you visit Abe Fisher for dinner in the coming weeks.

The Layout

Located directly next door to Dizengoff and just across the street from Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher completes a trio of dining destinations for CookNSolo on Sansom Street.

Designed by Boxwood Architects, the 1,500-square-foot space feels both polished and familiar with lots of woodwork, marble and custom steel, as well as slick black-and-white marble floors — reminiscent of a classic Jewish deli — and smooth green leather chairs, stools and banquettes that seem to invite diners to sink in and stay awhile.

At just 50 seats, with another 10 at the bar and two at the chef’s counter (for walk-ins only), Abe Fisher is intimate, too, and most diners can dig in to a meal in full view of the open kitchen, where chefs Michael Solomonov and Yehuda Sichel, a longtime Zahav man, prepare a whole feast of creative cuisine.

Scheduled to open this Tuesday, September 2, Abe Fisher will serve dinner nightly thereafter. Make reservations online soon — we expect Abe Fisher to attract dining crowds en masse.

Abe Fisher

One of the veggie offerings, the borscht tartare at Abe Fisher accompanied by trout roe, sour cream & onion potato chips, hard-cooked egg. (Photo courtesy CookNSolo Restaurants)

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August 28, 2014

Tonight Picks: Free Movie Screenings, Food Truck Festivus At Franklin Square, Pairings On The Parkway, Beer Gardens And More

Nights like tonight are perfect for hanging out at places like Spruce Street Harbor Park with the abundance of activities it has to offer. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

Nights like tonight are perfect for hanging out at places like Spruce Street Harbor Park with the abundance of activities it has to offer. (Photo by Matt Stanley courtesy DRWC)

Spend some time outside tonight! Mother Nature has treated us to a humidity-free evening with plenty of warmth.

To complement the ideal weather, a number of outdoor events are on tap for this evening including movie screenings, a food-truck party, beer garden happenings and more.

Tonight, the Schuylkiill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent hosts a free screening of Despicable Me 2 and Penn’s Landing wraps up its free movie series with an outdoor screening of The Lego Movie.

Franklin Square invites a number of food trucks in for its Food Truck Festivus and Beer Garden — an evening event featuring brews courtesy of Fette Sau and food from the likes of The Cow and The Curd, Farm Truck Philly and Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

Also tonight, Pairings on the Parkway ends its summer run with BYOB fun, food pairings and live music at Sister Cities Park.

For those looking to drink or dine alfresco, hit up a beer garden — it’s an ideal night to take advantage of the city’s beer garden offerings.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Free Screening of Despicable Me 2 at Schuylkill Banks at Grays Ferry Crescent

Grays Ferry Crescent at the Schuylkill Banks invites movie-lovers out for a free screening of Despicable Me 2 tonight at 7:30 p.m. Guests can also expect free snacks, drinks and a free raffle at each screening, too. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well.

When: Thursday, August 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Grays Ferry Crescent, Schuylkill River by Wharton Street
Cost: Free

Food Truck Festivus & Beer Garden at Franklin Square

As part of its Things on Thursdays series, Franklin Square brings in food trucks and a beer garden for an evening fete tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Participating food trucks include: The Cow and the Curd, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Farm Truck Philly, The Grill Cheese, LeMoNaDe, Seoulful Philly, and Oink and Moo BBQ. The beer garden will include Adirondack chair seating, twinkly lights and brews from Starr Restaurants’ Fette Sau. The on-site SquareBurger will also stay open to serve guests.

When: Thursday, August 28, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
Cost: Pay as you go

Free Screening of The Lego Movie at Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing’s Screenings Under the Stars series wraps up with a free screening of The Lego Movie tonight at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket and catch the blockbuster film along the Delaware River.

When: Thursday, August 28, 8 p.m.
Where: Penn’s Landing, 101 Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free

Start The Long Weekend Early at a Beer Garden

Start your weekend a night early and visit one of the city’s awesome beer gardens. There’s only so much time to take advantage of the pop-up bars as a number of them close later this month. Stop by favorite spots like Spruce Street Harbor Park, PHS Pop-Up Garden, Memphis Taproom, Frankford Hall and more. Check out our picks for the best beer gardens in Philadelphia.

When: Thursday, August 28
Where: Various locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Pairings on the Parkway at Sister Cities Park

It’s the final night of the popular Pairings on the Parkway event. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine (or a six-pack of your favorite beer) to Sister Cities Park for food pairings from the on-site Logan Square Cafe, live music and alfresco good times. Tonight’s featured musician is Alexis Cunningham.

When: Thursday, August 28, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go

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August 28, 2014

A Guide To Philadelphia’s 2014 Fringe Festival With Hundreds Of Progressive Performances At Venues Across The City, September 5-21

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

The 2014 Fringe Festival hits Philadelphia September 5-21 with hundreds of performances at dozens of venues all across the City of Brotherly Love. (Photo by Kate Raines, Plate 3 Photography)

Now in its 18th year, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival returns September 5-21, with 17 days filled with hundreds of performances of theater, dance, visual arts, music and spoken-word and more.

Philadelphia becomes an arts mecca thanks to the Fringe’s huge range of shows and complementary events, which draw tens of thousands of people to see hundreds of artists perform in venues both traditional (stages, cabarets) and offbeat (basements, galleries).

Curated and organized by FringeArts, the Fringe Festival (formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe) welcomes any and all artists to its Neighborhood Fringe shows and features works by acclaimed contemporary artists in its Presented Fringe performances.

An expansive and compelling array of works make up this year’s presented show lineup, including four world premieres: The floating public art installation WetLand; a world-premiere co-creation from Pennsylvania Ballet, Curtis Institute of Music and FringeArts; the new 99 Breakups from Pig Iron Theatre Company; and, last but not least, The Adults from New Paradise Laboratories.

And that’s just the start.

Where to begin? Read on for our primer on the 2014 Fringe Festival, below.

Overview

Influenced by Edinburgh — the mother of all festivals celebrating progressive performing arts — five Philadelphia artists banded together in 1997 to create an outlet for other contemporary and experimental performers to present their works. What began as a five-day event has grown into more than two weeks of high-quality, highly innovative artistic presentations across the city.

With as many as 75 performances in a single day taking place over the course of 17 days, catching a Fringe Festival show in Philadelphia is as easy as choosing an artistic discipline, picking the neighborhood in which you’d like to see a show and arriving at the venue.

From world-premiere theater at the Painted Bride Art Center in Old City to contemporary dance within an art installation at Drexel University in University City, the Fringe Festival offers up a huge array of engaging performances and accessible venues, all of which are viewable online in a sortable guide.

This year, the festival is again organized into two performance-type categories: Presented Fringe and Neighborhood Fringe.

Presented Fringe shows are juried pieces brought to the fest by FringeArts, and include 11 core shows of dynamic theater, dance and visual arts.

Neighborhood Fringe shows are unjuried, independently produced works that offer regional artists and local performers a chance to showcase their best work to a wide audience.

In addition to presenting the annual fest, FringeArts now produces year-round programming thanks to the opening of its permanent headquarters on the corner of Race Street and Columbus Boulevard this past fall.

Stay tuned right here for more on FringeArts, and check here for a complete schedule of Fringe Festival events.

Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Developed in collaboration with FringeArts, German artist collective Rimini Protokoll’s 100% Philadelphia brings 100 carefully selected Philadelphia citizens onstage to represent the city’s population of 1.5 million. Performed in cities the world over, including London (shown), the show combines scientific data with artistic theatrics. (Photo by Tim Mitchell)

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August 28, 2014

1812 Productions Lets The Audience In On The Outrageous Outcomes Of Intimate Exchanges At The Arden Theatre, Starting Today, August 28

1812 Productions Philadelphia

Each moment of the plot is dictated by the audience in 1812 Productions’ daring presentation of Intimate Exchanges. (Photo courtesy 1812 Productions)

Put two of Philadelphia’s top comedic actors in an acclaimed play built on a spontaneous premise and you’re in for an adventurous event.

Such is the case with 1812 Productions presentation of Intimate Exchanges, starting today at the Arden Theatre, Thursday, August 28.

The play, written by Alan Ayckbourn, is designed with an essential twist in mind: although scripted, there is no set story-line.

Beginning on a quiet English estate, one of the characters is faced with an either-or decision. The choice is only decided on the night of the performance, and the character’s choice dictates which scene is performed next. Then another moment of decision arises, the outcome of which leads the play into another set of this-or-that circumstances, and so on.

The two-way decisions split the play, and altogether, the production has 16 scenes, which, in different combinations, have the potential to create eight possible plays with eight different endings.

The premise of Intimate Exchanges concerns assorted versions of the vicissitudes of romance.

Locally lauded actors Tony Lawton and Jennifer Childs play a total of seven characters. Each performance runs for nearly two hours and both actors come to the stage with eight hours of possible dialogue prepared.

It’s a tall order, and 1812 Productions is known for taking chances with the work it presents — especially since this show is included in the Neighborhood Fringe shows of the 2014 Fringe Festival, which celebrates the offbeat (and officially begins September 5).

However, the company raises the stakes even higher, by allowing the audience to determine the direction of the story.

This is the first time in the play’s history that the combination of scenes has not been prepared in advance of each performance. Each audience decides which forked paths the story takes. What you see on one night may not be reprised in exactly the same way for the entire run.

Tickets, starting at $26, are available online.

You may want to catch it more than once, because this truly puts comedy at play.

Intimate Exchanges
When: August 28-September 21
Where: Arcadia Stage at Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $26-$40
More info: www.1812productions.org

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August 28, 2014

University City District’s 40th Street Summer Series Continues This Saturday, August 30 With Nation Beat And The Highwater Preachers

University City District, University of Pennsylvania and The Rotunda team up to present another installment of the 40th Street Summer Series concerts this weekend. (Photo by Ben Tran for University City District)

Put on your dancing shoes.

This Saturday night, the popular 40th Street Summer Series returns to the lawn of the Walnut Street West Library at 40th and Walnut streets.

On the west side of the Schuylkill River, University City District ups the cool factor to combat the summer heat with the 40th Street Summer Series, a free outdoor concerts on the last Saturdays of August and September.

After a two great concerts earlier this summer, the monthly series continues this Saturday, August 30 with a mixed bill of artists sure to appeal to tons of different types of music lovers.

On deck for Saturday, Nation Beat mixes up Brazilian drumming and New Orleans beats to perform an energetic live show. Don’t be surprised if the drummers take to the crowds to egg on dancing.

Plus, The Highwater Preachers tune up to play modern takes on bluegrass classics with fiddling, picking and vocal harmonies.

The free show also includes festive activities and entertainment for both kids and adults like fire artists, face painting, jugglers, balloon art and more.

Plus, be on the look out for complimentary (first come, first served) Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and pretzels to be handed out during the performance.

All concerts take place on the green behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut streets, begin at 6 p.m. and are totally free.

Next up? One last concert with local rockers Man Man hits UC on September 27

For more information on these free monthly events, check right here.

2014 40th Street Summer Series
When: Saturdays, August 30, September 27; 6 p.m.
Where: 40th and Walnut streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.universitycity.org

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August 28, 2014

More Love For Philly’s Food Scene: East Passyunk’s Restaurants Receives Dining Nods From USA Today

Black 'N Brew in East Passyunk

Congratulations, East Passyunk! Earlier this week, East Passyunk’s dining scene received rave reviews from USA Today. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

The East Passyunk neighborhood continues to bring in the accolades as USA Today toasts the neighborhood’s killer dining scene in a piece from August 26 entitled Philly’s Passyunk Ave. Evolves into Dining Destination.

USA Today’s Robert DiGiacomo put the spotlight on some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants while also mentioning its Italian history and the avenue’s hip shopping options.

From spots with local coffee and breakfast options to French-inspired fare, the article raises a glass to the array of top-notch restaurants that line the avenue.

USA Today celebrates Black ‘N Brew’s affordable breakfast and lunch options, the Tex-Mex fare (and Bloody Mary’s!) at Cantina los Caballitos, Le Virtu’s Abruzzo-style plates and local ingredients, and, of course, the brilliant fare and seven-course seasonal at Top Chef Nicholas Elmi’s Laurel.

Check out the full article right here.

To explore East Passyunk on your own (which you really should), check out Visit Philly’s guide to the restaurants, bars, shops and cafes.

Philly’s Passyunk Ave. Evolves into Dining Destination [USA Today]

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August 27, 2014

Tonight Picks: Final Center City Sips Of The Season, Summer Concert At The Penn Museum, Twilight Yoga At Franklin Square, Taney Dragons Pep Rally And More

Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia

The Phillies are donating a portion of the proceeds from tonight’s game to Taney Little League, and the local Little League will receive a special pre-game tribute on the field. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Summer is winding to a close, but not before a number of the city’s favorite summer pastimes — like Center City Sips — end with a bang.

Tonight, Commerce Square hosts the official Center City Sips finale party featuring free samples of Golia vodka and a giant video game on its Media Wall. While Commerce Square may host the official finale party, the more than 80 bars participating in Center City Sips will also continue to serve up $5 cocktails, $4 wine and $3 beer to all Center City Sips-ers.

Check out our top 10 outdoor happy hour spots for Center City Sips — it’s beautiful outside.

The Penn Museum continues its outdoor concert series as a blues artists takes the stage for a healthy dose of alfresco tunes. The museum also keeps its doors open until 8 p.m., allowing guests to take full advantage of the long summer nights.

Welcome home the Taney Dragons — the local Little League that made it all the way to the third round of the Little League World Series — with a parade through the city and a special Taney night at tonight’s Phillies game. The parade ends with a pep rally at FDR Park at 4 p.m. and the festivities continue at Citizens Bank Park (ticket’s for tonight’s game are on special and start at just $14!).

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Sips – Final Night

Center City Sips officially wraps for the season tonight, but not before continuing to deliver happy hour deals to Philadelphians. Sip $5 cocktails, $4 wine and $3 beer at the summer happy hour, and enjoy half-priced appetizers. In celebration of the final week, Commerce Square hosts the official finale party complete with complimentary tastings of Golia Vodka, a chance to play Madden ’15 on PlayStation 4 on the Media Wall and more. Check out our top 10 outdoor happy hour spots for Center City Sips.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating Bars
Cost: Pay as you go

Twilight Yoga at Franklin Square

Tonight, Pop Up Yoga Philly brings its on-the-go flow yoga to Franklin Square from 7 to 8 p.m. All body types and skill levels are welcome to attend these hour-long Vinyasa-style classes. Tickets to attend the class cost $10 per person, and yogis are encouraged to bring their own mats.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 7-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
Cost: $10 per person

Summer Concert in the Garden Courtyard at The Penn Museum

From 5 to 8 p.m., the Penn Museum continues to host its summer concert series in its outdoor courtyard. Festivities also continue indoors, as the museum opens its doors later than usual in celebration of the weekly concerts. Dance to music by Jimmy Pritchard Band, a blues musician, while enjoying light bites and drinks from Pepper Mill Café’s garden bar. Tickets vary, but are $10 for general admission.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3620 South Street
Cost: $10 for general admission, free for Penn Museum members, PennCard holders, Penn Health System employees and children under 5

Taney Dragons Parade, Rally & Phillies Ticket Offer

The Taney Dragons’ celebratory Welcome Home parade is going on right now and concludes this afternoon with a pep rally at FDR Park at 4 p.m. Following the pep rally, the Phillies get in on the action with a pre-game tribute to the Taney Dragons on the field led by Mayor Nutter and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are even doing a special ticket offer – with select tickets going for half-price – for the game and with $6 of the proceeds from those tickets sold going to benefit Taney Little League. Tickets are available online.

When: Wednesday, August 27
Where: Pep Rally, FDR Park; Phillies Game, Citizens Bank Park
Cost: Pep Rally, Free; Phillies Games, starts at $14

Spam Night at American Sardine Bar

Tonight, it’s all about the Spam at American Sardine Bar when Scott Schroeder’s sandwich shrine pays its respects to precooked canned meat product. A collaboration between Schroeder, photographer Neal Santos and food writer Drew Lazor, the special evening will feature a delicious spiced lineup of Spam-tastic snacks. Starting at 6 p.m. until the Spam runs out, the kitchen will turn out an array of spam specials in addition to debuting special spam flavors that are rare or unavailable in Philadelphia.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 6 p.m.
Where: American Sardine Bar, 18th and Federal streets
Cost: Pay as you go

It’s the final Center City Sips of the season and among our top picks are places with plenty of alfresco space like Marathon on Market (pictured above), Chops at the Comcast Center, Commerce Square and Independence Beer Garden.

More, below.

Five Dollar Comedy Week

Looking for a few laughs? Five Dollar Comedy Week brings affordable ($5) shows to the Shubin Theatre in Queen Village all week long. Tonight, the theatre hosts five comedic shows beginning at 4 p.m. Each performance costs just $5.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 4-11:30 p.m.
Where: The Shubin Theatre, 407 Bainbridge Street
Cost: $5 per show

Dining Under the Stars in Media

The town of Media celebrates summer evenings with Dining Under the Stars, alfresco shopping and dining events along State Street from Jackson and Orange streets. State Street closes to vehicular traffic as restaurants and shops take it outside. Live music rounds out the event, which runs from 5 to 11 p.m.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 5-11 p.m.
Where: State Street between Jackson and Orange streets in Media
Cost: Pay as you go

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the NMAJH

The the National Museum of American Jewish History’s continues its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion this evening. From 5 to 8 p.m., explore the galleries for whatever price you’d like to pay.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 5-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay what you wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the PMA

The Philadelphia Museum of Art swings open its doors for whatever price you’d like to pay as it continues its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion. Explore the galleries within the main building and enjoy crafts, themed tours, yoga and more.

When: Wednesday, August 27, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Twin Lobster Dinner at Oyster House

Steamed lobster’s for dinner at Oyster House as it brings back its popular summertime promotion, Twin Lobster Dinners. Revived from summers past, the $26 special includes two one-pound Maine lobsters fresh out of the water, with local corn on the cob and drawn butter.

When: Wednesday, August 27
Where: Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street
Cost: $26

Take it outside tonight and get down to live music at The Penn Museum's outdoor concert series in the garden courtyard. (Photo courtesy The Penn Museum)

Take it outside tonight and get down to live music at The Penn Museum’s outdoor summer concert series in the garden courtyard. (Photo courtesy The Penn Museum)

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August 27, 2014

Save The Date: The Annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival Returns For Its 29th Year Of Dining, Shopping And More, September 5-7

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

Heads Up! The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival returns from September 5 through 7 with a street fair, carnival, mushroom farm tours, mushroom fare and more. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Mushrooms reign at the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival, which is set to return to the mushroom capital of the world (Kennett Square!) from Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7.

To kick off the festivities on Friday, a community parade rolls through town starting at 6 p.m. The route begins at Willow Street before marching along State Street to Meredith Street.

Friday night also brings a slew of alfresco dining at a number of Kennett Square restaurants, in addition to Dancing in the Streets, a dance-centric kick off for the weekend’s mushroom festival festivities.

All weekend, mushroom fare, festivities and knowledge fills the downtown streets of the town — from State Street between Lafayette and Willow streets.

While mushrooms rule throughout festival, the prime attractions must be the three-day carnival and two-day street fair. Browse goods from more than 200 vendors along main street, and then take a spin on one of the many amusement rides and play carnival games in the Genesis parking lot.

Guests can expect to learn all about Pennsylvania’s native mushrooms from the mushroom farmers themselves, in addition to filling up on samples of some of the most distinctive (and common!) mushrooms out there.

Also look forward to a fried mushroom eating contest, mushroom farm tours, opportunities to purchase local mushrooms and much more.

Admission to the festival is $2 per person for folks over the age of 12.

Stay tuned right here for more on this fun festival of fungi!

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
When: Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, September 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: State Street between Lafayette and Willow streets, Kennett Square
Cost: $2 Admission
More info: www.mushroomfestival.org

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